Saturday, May 22, 2010

Foods that Help with Metal Detoxification and Reducing Yeast

Fresh fruits and vegetables increase glutathione which is a sticky molecule that escorts the toxins from the body. Fresh juice from fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to increase detoxification. In addition, fresh juice does not promote an increase of yeast growth like processed juices. I got out my juicer and started juicing when I realized my son needed nutrients after he got sick. Later, I learned that it also helped turn an important detoxification pathway on. Also, yeast can grow on undigested food, so if digestion is an issue then the fresh juice doesn't require as much breakdown by the body. In general, juice does contain a lot of sugar, but it is also alkalizing and is packed with nutrients, so in certain individuals who need nutrition and detoxification assistance, it is an excellent option. Because the sugar does not promote yeast in the way that processed juice does, it was okay for my kids who were very sensitive to sugar when they had issues with yeast overgrowth. We mostly drink water now, but juice was an important part of the healing protocol I used for my son.

Garlic and onions contain sulfur which turns on one of the two detoxification pathways called the sulfation pathway. I used a lot of garlic and onions when I cooked for my son. He was 18 months old at the time so I cooked with garlic whenever possible. I used fresh garlic in tomato sauce, tacos and fried rice. The tacos and fried rice also included onions which are also high in sulfur. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic and antimicrobial food so it also helped discourage yeast. Epsom salts also contain sulfate which the body needs for sulfation so epsom salt baths can also turn on this detoxification pathway.

Another food I used to help him was coconut oil which has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. You might think that it has a strong flavor, but if you put a little garlic in it when you begin cooking savory foods, you don't taste the coconut flavor. For sweet baked items it works very well and you don't notice the taste and it helps to prevent the yeast from proliferating. Because yeast grows in the presence of sugar I make sure to use coconut oil in baking to offset the growth of yeast.


ChickiePea said...

Wonderful tips :) I didn't realize that about the fresh juice. A juicer is next on my list of kitchen tools!

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